AL-BALAD

The City

البلد

Meccan (surah 90 • 20 ayahs)

»The surah that opens with the emphatic oath of the Divine One swearing by THE CITY, that mankind us under the absolute power and watchfulness of God. It takes its name after the “city” or “town” (balad) mentioned in verse 1. The essential point of this surah is that man is created to work and be judged. He should therefore seek to do good deeds rather than indulge in arrogance and wastefulness.«

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,

THE ALL-BENEFICENT, THE ALL-MERCIFUL.

1

القرآن:

لا أقسم بهذا البلد

TRANSLATION:

I swear by this town,

2

القرآن:

وأنت حل بهذا البلد

TRANSLATION:

as you reside in this town;

3

القرآن:

ووالد وما ولد

TRANSLATION:

by the father and him whom he begot:

4

القرآن:

لقد خلقنا الإنسان في كبد

TRANSLATION:

certainly We created man in travail.

5

القرآن:

أيحسب أن لن يقدر عليه أحد

TRANSLATION:

Does he suppose

that no one will ever have power over him?

6

القرآن:

يقول أهلكت مالا لبدا

TRANSLATION:

He says, ‘I have squandered immense wealth.’

7

القرآن:

أيحسب أن لم يره أحد

TRANSLATION:

Does he suppose that no one sees him?

8

القرآن:

ألم نجعل له عينين

TRANSLATION:

Have We not made for him two eyes,

9

القرآن:

ولسانا وشفتين

TRANSLATION:

a tongue, and two lips,

10

القرآن:

وهديناه النجدين

TRANSLATION:

and shown him the two paths [of good and evil]?

11

القرآن:

فلا اقتحم العقبة

TRANSLATION:

Yet he has not embarked upon the uphill task.

12

القرآن:

وما أدراك ما العقبة

TRANSLATION:

And what will show you what is the uphill task?

13

القرآن:

فك رقبة

TRANSLATION:

[It is] the freeing of a slave,

14

القرآن:

أو إطعام في يوم ذي مسغبة

TRANSLATION:

or feeding [the needy] on a day of starvation,

15

القرآن:

يتيما ذا مقربة

TRANSLATION:

or an orphan among relatives,

16

القرآن:

أو مسكينا ذا متربة

TRANSLATION:

or a needy man in desolation,

17

القرآن:

ثم كان من الذين آمنوا وتواصوا بالصبر وتواصوا بالمرحمة

TRANSLATION:

while being one of those who have faith

and who enjoin one another to patience,

and enjoin one another to compassion.

18

القرآن:

أولئك أصحاب الميمنة

TRANSLATION:

They are the People of the Right Hand.

19

القرآن:

والذين كفروا بآياتنا هم أصحاب المشأمة

TRANSLATION:

But those who defy Our signs,

they are the People of the Left Hand.

20

القرآن:

عليهم نار مؤصدة

TRANSLATION:

[Imposed] upon them will be a closed Fire.

Source:al-quran.info


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